Pele due to leave hospital
Pele has recovered well from his kidney ailment and was to leave hospital yesterday, the Sao Paulo clinic that has been treating him for two weeks said on Monday. “He is doing well clinically and does not have any signs of infection. Considering his good recovery, his medical team has scheduled his leaving hospital tomorrow [Tuesday],” a statement from the Albert Einstein clinic read. The announcement came three days after the 74-year-old Pele publicly thanked well-wishers for their support in a video posted on Facebook that also featured him strumming a few tunes on his guitar. Pele was hospitalized on Nov. 24 with a suspected urinary tract infection requiring antibiotics. Three days later, the hospital placed O Rei (“the king”) in intensive care after his condition became “clinically unstable,” briefly alarming fans. Some Brazilian media reported Pele had septicemia, a blood infection, after he initially failed to respond to treatment, but the clinic stopped renal assistance three days later and then moved Pele to semi-intensive care after extensive tests as his health began steadily to improve.
Brandao to serve prison term
Brazilian player Brandao is to spend a month in jail, having not appealed against his sentence for head-butting a rival player within the allowed delay, his lawyer said on Monday. The SC Bastia player was sentenced to a month in jail and fined 20,000 euros (US$24,600) for his attack on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta in the tunnel after their match in the French capital on Aug. 16. He was also banned from playing for six months for the assault, which fractured Motta’s nose. Having been sentenced on Nov. 27, Brandao had 10 days to appeal, but did not do so. He pleaded guilty, but denied it was premeditated.
Explain attack on fans: AFF
Southeast Asia’s soccer federation yesterday said that it has told Malaysia’s soccer federation to explain its failure to prevent a violent attack on visiting Vietnamese fans during the Suzuki Cup semi-finals. The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) sent the written demand on Monday, asking why sufficient security measures were not put in place, AFF secretary-general Azzuddin Ahmad said. The deadline for a response is Monday next week. The step can eventually lead to sanctions. “Definitely, it is troubling. Other countries are also hosting the tournament, but there was no violence,” Azzuddin said. At least one Vietnamese fan was injured when Malaysian supporters reportedly attacked the visitors at the end of Sunday’s first leg in Kuala Lumpur, which Vietnam won 2-1. The second leg in Hanoi tomorrow will decide which team reaches the final of the Southeast Asian championship. Police have said five people were arrested and the incident prompted the Malaysian sports minister to apologize to Vietnam.
AC Cesena appoint Di Carlo
Serie A strugglers AC Cesena have announced the appointment of Domenico di Carlo as their new coach following the firing of Pierpaolo Bisoli on Monday. “Cesena would like to announce that an agreement was reached this evening with Domenico di Carlo, who has signed a contract with the club until June 30, 2015,” a statement on the club’s Web site said. Di Carlo, whose most recent position was with Serie B side AS Livorno, has also previously coached AC Chievo Verona (twice), UC Sampdoria, Parma and Mantova. With just one win in 14 games, Cesena are second from bottom, two points ahead of Parma.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but